Sunday, October 18, 2009

UK: High court orders publication of US report, saying British foreign secretary's actions were harmful to the rule of law

UK Lord Justice Thomas and Mr Justice Lloyd Jones ordered the release of a seven-paragraph summary of what the CIA told British officials about Binyam:

"The suppression of reports of wrongdoing by officials in circumstances which cannot in any way affect national security is inimical to the rule of law".

"Championing the rule of law, not subordinating it, is the cornerstone of democracy." Lord Justice Thomas and Mr Justice Lloyd Jones ruled.

The case is that of Binyam Mohamed, torturers slashed his chest and genitals with a scalpel and told Binyam: "We are going to change your brain!"

The CIA secretly flew Mohamed to Morocco, Afghanistan and then Guantánamo Bay, the court has heard. The judges criticised MI5 and MI6 for the belated disclosure of documents that revealed an MI5 officer was in Morocco when Mohamed was held there in a secret jail

David Rose of the British paper The Mail reported the details of Binyam Mohamed's torture in an article on March 8, 2009 , entitled "How MI5 colluded in my torture: Binyam Mohamed claims British agents fed Moroccan torturers their questions" - HERE

The judgment by the two seniorUK judges roundly dismissing David Miliband, the British foreign secretary's claims that" disclosing evidence would harm national security and threaten the UK's vital intelligence-sharing arrangements with the US".

The full article published on the Guardian on October 16, 2009 can be read HERE:
Binyam Mohamed: Judges overrule attempt to suppress torture evidence

More on the case HERE:"What the British governemt knew about the torture of Binyam Mohamed"